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Breed of the Month ~ September 2015 ~ Akita
Congratulations to Jeff Melnick


Content Courtesy of AKC ~ Photos Courtesy of Jeff Melnick's Kiowa Akitas
Large, powerful and alert, the Akita is a working breed that originated in Japan. Dignified and courageous, the Akita today is popular in the show ring and also participates in performance and therapy work. The breed's thick double coat can be any color including white, brindle or pinto. An Akita trademark is the plush tail that curls over his back.

The Akita is believed to have originated in the Odate region in Akita Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu. The breed was initially called the Odate Dog. Archeological evidence indicates that dogs similar in structure and size to the Akita existed thousands of years ago.

There is a spiritual significance attached to the Akita; when a child is born in Japan, the proud family will usually receive a small statue of an Akita signifying health, happiness, and a long life.

Helen Keller was given an Akita in 1937 (named Kamikaze-Bo – Kami for short), but the very first to be registered in the United States was Taro, a male brought into the country by a military officer. He lived with a family in Montana, but never produced a litter.

Akitas are not known to be an overly hyperactive breed, but they can both climb and dig, so a secure six foot fenced area is needed when confined outdoors. They need to be an integral part of their family’s household, not one that is mainly kept as an “outside dog.”

An Akita’s exercise level is medium; therefore they will be happy with a good daily walk or jog. Most Akitas have powerful hunting instincts around other animals and should not run free. These big dogs are playful—downright silly at times—and love to romp. Above all else, they thrive on human companionship.

The Akita was officially recognized by the AKC in 1972. They have an attractive thick double coats - a soft undercoat and longer protective guard hairs - which not only makes a stunning impression but protects their skin from dampness. They are large, powerful, alert, with much substance and heavy bone. The broad head, forming a blunt triangle, with deep muzzle, small eyes and erect ears carried forward in line with back of neck, is characteristic of the breed. The large, curled tail, balancing the broad head, is also characteristic of the breed. Because of their coats, they are odorless making their presence in the home a pleasure at all times. So many endearing qualities can make you overlook the twice yearly profuse shedding of their undercoat.

Akitas are quiet, fastidious dogs with a natural guarding instinct. Wary of strangers and often intolerant of other animals, Akitas will gladly share their silly, affectionate side with family and friends. They thrive on human companionship and are absolutely miserable when ignored. Though Akitas are independent thinkers, they train well if a firm but loving hand is applied beginning in puppyhood. Large, powerful dogs hardwired for protecting those they love, Akitas must be well socialized from birth with people and other dogs.

 
   


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